Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
02/23/2021 to 03/16/2021
Pay scale & grade
$35,265 to $45,847 per year
2 vacancies in the following location:
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
Areas of Consideration are as follows:
2. US Citizens
The primary purpose of the position is to perform routine pharmacy functions as an Outpatient Pharmacy Technician at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. Responsible for all activities and functions generated by his/her assigned section on a day-to-day basis. The technician rotates through various outpatient assignments independently as indicated by the supervisor.
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Performs pharmacy technician functions that require an application of routine knowledge of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy practices. Fills orders accurately, selecting a drug product prescribed by its trade or generic name, and assembles completed orders for pharmacist review and check. Filling orders involves counting, prepackaging, reconstituting, measuring and selecting required medication items or components, and labeling with prescription label. If the item is not immediately available in the requested amount or strength, takes appropriate action to inventory management specialist as well as the patient. Reads and interprets prescriptions, obtains proper medication or material in the proper strength and dosage form; determines proper amount and counts, pours or measures the medications; affixes proper label, and includes medication guides as appropriate.
After prescription/order(s) are reviewed by a pharmacist for therapeutic propriety, reviews orders for technical accuracy and converts the order, if necessary, so that the item dispensed corresponds to the drug and dose ordered. When stationed at the outpatient window, verifies the correct identity of the patient or patient's representative before releasing any medications or supplies. The technician will also address any remaining questions from the patient by either answering procedural questions directly or by referring therapeutic questions to a pharmacist. Verifies that the medications listed in Scriptpro are the same medications contained in the patient's bag. Reviews medications with the patient. Informs patients regarding correct procedures to obtain new, renewal, and refill prescriptions. Using VISTA and/or CPRS software medication profile, technician will advise patients or staff members on current prescription status as required. Fills emergent clinic orders when presented at the outpatient window. Determines if refills can be accommodated or partials are necessary by screening upcoming appointments and taking appropriate action.
Prepares products for mailing, ensuring items are wrapped, logged properly, and all necessary forms completed for items being sent via certified mail or Federal Express. Perform basic stocking/restocking functions. Assists an inventory management specialist in stock management, which includes stocking and rotating stock; checking frequently for outdated or deteriorated items, and disposing of them appropriately as assigned. Monitors inventory needs and relays this information to the appropriate pharmacy staff. This also includes placing stock in proper storage areas, rotating stock on shelves, and removing/replacing outdated items. Operates and cares for automated dispensing devices and pharmacy equipment. Assists in general cleaning of pharmacy equipment and shelving and general cleanliness and orderliness of the pharmacy. Has working knowledge of all pharmaceutical equipment used in the outpatient setting and exercises prudence and care in its operation and sees that it is used, cleaned, stored and serviced for maintenance. Adheres to department and medical center policies, procedures, guidelines, government regulations, and Professional/Technical Standards concerning drug control, drug security and drug accountability (i.e. including supplies) at all times. Assists in cross training of peer technicians, residents, volunteers and work-study students. Actively participates in inter- and intra-departmental medical center training programs. Keeps technically current in pharmacy and medicine by self-instruction and routine attendance at conferences and seminars to ensure that the professional obligations of this service are met. Technician must also keep informed of technical pharmacy standards and administrative directives that affect their position. Follows and encourages the intent of all quality control measures. Technician will assist with the development and collection of quality control data as directed by the supervisor. (e.g. cost-effectiveness studies, drug utilization review, and other quality assurance programs). Provides section with cost containment suggestions and effective changes for more efficient operation and achievement of quality professional control standards. Conducts monthly ward stock inspections of main pharmacy and clinic areas. Writes CPRS chart notes to providers, nurses or clinical pharmacists for patient's request of renewals, narcotics, order clarification and/or other clinical issues.
Work Schedule: Variable duty schedules including evenings and weekends
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education or Experience. A high school diploma or equivalent; or at least 3 months experience.
- English Language Proficiency. Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a.
Grade Determination-GS-05 Pharmacy Technician
Education or Experience. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree that included at least 24 semester hours of courses related to pharmacy or pharmacy technology; successful completion of pertinent specialized training courses in pharmaceutical and pharmacy services while serving in the Armed Forces is creditable on a month-for-month basis up to the 1 year of experience required for the GS-5 level; or at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level that demonstrates the core competencies (KSAs) described at the GS-4 level.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Ability to operate and care for automated dispensing devices and equipment.
2. Knowledge of, and ability to perform, aseptic technique.
3. Knowledge of basic inventory procedures.
4. Knowledge of pharmacy information systems.
Preferred Experience: Automation and procurement
References: VA Handbook 5005/15 Part II, Appendix G28 Pharmacy Technician
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-05.
Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.), Light carrying (under 15 lbs.), Walking (4 hrs.), Standing (4 hrs.), Repeated bending (2 hrs.), Hearing (aid permitted).
IMPORTANT: An Official transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- VA Application 10-2850c
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- VA Application 10-2850c
- Other (2)
- Other (3)
- Performance Appraisal
- Professional Certification
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/16/2021 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11040788.
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